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What to Do in the Event of a Gas Leak and How To Prevent One

A gas leak is an often-overlooked hazard many homeowners face. Because they don’t happen very often, many people are caught off guard when gas leaks do occur. That is why it is important to know what to do in the event of a gas leak, as well as what you can do to prevent one.

The first sign of a gas leak is usually the smell. Because it is odorless, natural gas is given a strong sulfur odor so that it can be immediately recognized.

If you smell it, respond immediately, but do not panic. When a gas leak is detected, have every occupant of the building evacuated to a safe distance. Once everyone is safe, contact your gas utility or another certified professional using their emergency hotline. It is important that experts find and fix the cause of any leak as quickly as possible.

When you have help on its way, there are a few other things you can do. Only re-enter the building if you are confident that the leak is small, and then only at your own risk. For large leaks, civil emergency authorities such as the fire department should also be contacted. If you know where it is, you should turn off your gas supply at the shut-off valve. This is usually located near your gas meter. You may also ventilate the building by opening doors and windows.

The best way to deal with a gas leak is to prevent one from happening at all. The best way to prevent gas leaks are through annual inspections. Many home heating professionals offer this service. Make sure that the person you choose to inspect your home is properly certified. For older homes it may also be a smart investment to upgrade the gas piping to meet today’s safety standards. Replacing older gas appliances with newer ones that have modern safety features will help ensure the safety of your home and property. This is especially important for gas furnaces.

In both cases, plan ahead: know what you will do and keep emergency phone numbers handy.

What to Do in the Event of the Gas Leak in the Workplace

If you smell natural gas in the workplace, alert your manager so he or she can instruct all employees to leave the area. Additionally, your manager or building manger should have the proper emergency phone numbers nearby. As with any potential gas leak, do not touch electrical appliances or bring your phone near the leak (it’s electrical, too). Do not, under any circumstances, re-enter the space until you and your co-workers know it is safe to do so.

Suspect you may have a gas leak in the Mustang and Oklahoma City area? Contact Hull Plumbing, your gas leak specialist, today at (405) 246-9763.